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9 family camping and fishing spots near Tucson

Posted: 3:04 PM, Aug 03, 2017
Updated: 2017-08-03 18:04:00-04

What is better than a camping or fishing trip? From boating to grilling to animal watching, here are 9 local camping and fishing spots to enjoy with the family. 

Patagonia Lake State Park
Patagonia Lake State Park is surrounded by opportunities with the family. Enjoy hiking trails, wildlife viewing, and water activities including boating, fishing, and swimming. Fishing licenses can be purchased at the concession in the park. A valid Arizona fishing license is required for anglers 10 years and older. Campsite and RV reservations are available online
Location: 400 Patagonia Lake Rd. Patagonia AZ, 85624

Catalina State Park
There are plenty of hiking trails at Catalina State Park . Popular activities include hiking, horseback riding, and bicycling. Leashed dogs are welcome on all trails. Tent and RV camping is also available in 120 electric and water sites.
Location: 11570 N. Oracle Rd. Tucson AZ, 85737

Mt. Lemmon
Located in the Santa Catalina Mountains, Mt. Lemmon is a great place to escape the heat. Recreational amenities located on the mountain include hiking, camping, fishing, and sledding in the winter. These businesses also offer rental cabin accommodations.
Location: 12856 N. Sabino Canyon Pkwy Mount Lemmon, AZ 85619

Kennedy Lake
Boating and fishing is very popular at Kennedy Lake . Other amenities include a swimming pool and playground for the kiddos.
Location: 3600 S. La Cholla Blvd. Tucson, AZ 85713

Sahuarita Lake Park
This 15 acre park has several picnic tables and benches for a picnic. Enjoy fishing and boating  on this lake, as well. Keep in mind, boating is only permitted between sunrise and sunset, and swimming is not allowed.
Location: 15466 S. Rancho Sahuarita Blvd. Sahuarita, AZ 85629

Silverbell Lake
Silverbell Lake, located at Christopher Columbus Park allows boating, canoeing, and fishing. Plus, dog lovers rejoice! Silverbell Lake also has its own dog park.
Location: 4600 N. Silverbell Rd. Tucson, AZ 85745

Kartchner Caverns State Park
There is so much to do at Kartchner Caverns State Park . From its popular cave tours to a variety of hiking trails, you can stay busy with the family. If you are interested in staying at the park and camping , you can make reservations online.
Location: 2980 S. Hwy 90 Benson, AZ 85602

Colossal Cave Mountain Park
This 2,400 acre park includes Colossal Cave tours, Western trail rides, picnicking, and camping. Enjoy the park's gift shop and cafe, too! This is a great way to spend the weekend with the family.
Location: 16721 E. Old Spanish Trail Vail, AZ 85641


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Arizona Game and Fish Department says to have fun, but be safe with monsoon storms. They suggest getting off the water if you hear lightning and watch out for flash flooding.